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TUC report calls for fairer approach that “stops energy companies using UK families like cash machines”

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UK families to lose out on more than £2,250 from not owning our own energy, says report.

AI start-up aims to predict if the world can really avoid a long-term increase in global climate temperature

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Permutable AI , an award-winning UK start-up in the field of ESG data, has been awarded a grant by the UK’s innovation agency Innovate UK, to improve accuracy in predicting the world’s CO2 emissions trajectory.

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Anthropogenic air pollution impacts health and climate in the Middle East

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A visible layer of air pollution stretches out across the sea. Photograph taken from the research vessel during the AQABA campaign (image credit: © 2022 AQABA project). Desert dust was assumed to be the primary contributor to elevated air pollution across the Middle East.

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Swiss firm reveals first ever shoe made from carbon emissions

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Seemingly a leap forward in sportswear firm On ’s efforts to move away from petroleum-based resources, a new shoe range – marketed as “Cloudprime” – seems the first foray by a footwear company into using carbon emissions as the primary raw material for the midsole.

How Digital Transformation will Bend the Curve of the Linear Economy Toward the Circular

Speaker: Bruce Armstrong Taylor, Co-Founder & Managing Director of SmartNations Foundation, Jimmy Jia, Venture Partner at Pi Labs, Fabienne Durand, Senior Advisor to the SmartNations Foundation, & Roger Strukhoff, Executive Director of the Tau Institute

The Carbon Zero, Circular Economy, is easily the most profoundly important result of digital transformation. Industry 4.0 has a massively cumulative impact on dematerialization (in all forms) and resultant decarbonization (both emissions and embodied) throughout the economy. Join panelists Bruce Armstrong Taylor, Jimmy Jia, Fabienne Durand, and their moderator Roger Strukhoff as they discuss how bending the carbon/GHG heavy linear economy to the circular is one of the hidden benefits of digital disruption.

No excuse for single-use cups at festivals: New guide aims to help

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Photo Credit: Green Goblet. There is no excuse for single-use cups to still be used at events according to the environmental not-for-profit City to Sea which has launched a guide “Solutions on Tap: A Guide to Reducing Waste and Introducing Reusable Cup Schemes at Events”.

Slow Threads sustainable fashion fair launches in Glasgow

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Environmental charity Hubbub , Glasgow-based Advanced Clothing Solutions (ACS) and environmental consultant Ecosurety have joined forces to launch Slow Threads: The Sustainable Fashion Fair during Scotland’s Climate Week.

IMechE recommends rethink of UK waste policy

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A radical rethink of recycling and waste policy is required to put the UK on a more sustainable path, according to a new report from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE).

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Ground-breaking ground source heat pump study in Greenwich

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A team of experts has launched a project in London’s borough of Greenwich to assess the feasibility of switching gas-heated, owner-occupied homes in high density areas to low carbon heating in the form of networked ground source heat pumps.

Comment: “Green ammonia is going to be the fossil-free ‘crude’ of the hydrogen fuel economy”

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Collin Hamilton, COO and Chief Engineer at Verano Energy, one of the largest renewables independent power producers (IPP) in Latin America, shares his vision of the key role that ammonia is going to play in “the green hydrogen revolution” The US-born engineer’s firm is developing over 30GW of hydrogen projects in Chile and Peru.

Power-thrifty SAFs perform

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Premier Tech Water and Environment has enhanced its range of Rewatec SAF sewage treatment plants to combine energy efficiency with an exceptionally high wastewater treatment performance.

AR/VR Simulations for Sustainable, Regenerative, Circular Cities

Speaker: Nik Gowing, Brenda Laurel, Sheridan Tatsuno, Archie Kasnet, and Bruce Armstrong Taylor

Join our amazing panelists, Nik Gowing, Founder at Thinking the Unthinkable and International Broadcaster; Brenda Laurel, PhD, Principal, Neogaian Interactive; Sheridan Tatsuno, Principal, Dreamscape Global; Archie Kasnet, CEO, Regenerative; and Bruce Armstrong Taylor, The Climate 4.0 Project, to discuss how today's AR/VR and related AI-enabled technologies can be effectively applied, using data from such sources as NASA and NOAA, to both improve and accelerate urban sustainability planning and design.

How will the economic downturn affect PRN prices?

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Joseph Doherty, Managing Director of waste management services firm Re-Gen Waste, believes that the PRN prices will be affected by the cost of living crisis.

Seeking clarity

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Late August saw the release of “Air Quality and Health In Cities”, the latest edition of The State of Global Air report, produced annually by the US Health Effects Institute. It attempts a snapshot of air pollution exposure in over 7000 cities worldwide, and its impact on health.

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Creators of underwater, eco-friendly concrete are finalists in the European Inventor Award

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The inventors of an innovative building material for sea walls are finalists in the European Inventor Award 2022. ECOncrete® founder and CEO, Ido Sella, has been nominated for the award, one of Europe’s most prestigious innovation prizes, alongside late co-founder Shimrit Perkol-Finkel.

New government must act decisively to grip the energy crisis, says CBI

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69% of firms expect their energy costs to increase in the next three months, with almost a third anticipating rises of more than 30%. Firms are doing their best to absorb costs, with around 1 in 3 saying they do not expect to pass on additional energy costs.

Sensing evolution

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Last month we looked at global sensors leader Alphasense and their work within the Gas Safety sector. This month we take a closer look at the steps they are taking to support the global drive to improve air quality.

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$10 billion Namibian hydrogen project selects developer for locomotive

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Namibian-headquartered Hyphen Hydrogen Energy (Hyphen) says it is making positive progress on its discussions with the Namibian Government as it moves towards signature of the Implementation Agreement before the end of the year for its planned US$10 bn Namibian green hydrogen project.

Active commuting is best?

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New research seems to find that people who commute by car can be subject to higher levels of harmful pollutants than those who walk or cycle to work.

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Mythbusting sustainable business practices

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With misconceptions remaining around the topic of sustainable business practices and given the increasingly challenging economic landscape we find ourselves in, there’s a risk that the offsetting of carbon emissions could be overlooked by large and small businesses.

Superconductors will support electric jet flight, says Scottish start-up

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(Left to right) Pia Saelen and Kieran Duncan of Mako Aerospace. Scottish start-up Mako Aerospace plans to manufacture the world’s first all-electric jet engine, which they say could double the range of electric aircraft compared to current hybrid models.

Remind packaging designers to remember the basics, says recycling group

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Plastics recycling charity RECOUP has called on packaging designers and specifiers not to forget the basics when it comes to plastic packaging recyclability. Although current trends may seek to explore new innovations in packaging, often the fundamentals for designing for recyclability are forgotten.

All-time record level recorded for fire likelihood index

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Fire brigade and military personnel gather on Salisbury Plain on 7 July 2022 (image credit: Starsphinx / Shutterstock.com).

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Global warming is projected to exceed 1.8°C, according to McKinsey report

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The energy transition continues to gain steam, with oil demand projected to peak in this decade, perhaps as soon as 2025, according to new research by global consultancy firm McKinsey & Company.

Kwasi Kwarteng says biomass wood imports are “not sustainable”

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Cooling towers at Drax, North Yorkshire (image credit: Shutterstock.com / Phil Silverman).

A fresh crop of data

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Record hot temperatures in the UK over the summer caused significant changes to the levels of harmful pollutants such as ozone and particulate matter, prompting a number of novel observations by the National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NCAS).

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Rainwater is no longer drinkable thanks to PFAS, say researchers

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A perspective article by researchers from Stockholm University and ETH Zurich, published in August in Environmental Science & Technology , suggests that environmental contamination by per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) defines a separate planetary boundary and that this boundary has been exceeded.

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Publicly accessible, hyper-local air quality sensor network launches in Camden

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Uncrewed vessel returns from volcano caldera survey in Tonga loaded with ‘astounding’ data

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Aerial view of the Hunga-Tonga Hunga-Ha’apai (HT-HH) volcano, showing new multibeam depth data overlaid on a satellite image of the islands (deep depths in blue, shallow depths in red). Credit: SEA-KIT / NIWA-Nippon Foundation TESMaP survey team.

Start-up providing sustainable Omega-3 secures £2.3m funding

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Edinburgh-based biotechnology start-up MiAlgae has secured further investment of £2.3m to help drive the next stage of its growth journey.

WRAP’s circular economy competition awards grants in different regions of the world

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WRAP’s first International Grants competition, The International Circular Plastics Flagship Competition – developed and delivered in partnership with UKRI – has awarded funding of £1.2

Super sewer progress

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Recent aerial photography shows some of the changes being made to the banks of the Thames during the construction of London’s 25-km super-sewer, Tideway. Now said to be three-quarters complete – and on-schedule to finish in 2025 – the 2.5m-diameter tunnel will provide an extra 1.6

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Next UK prime minister must ban microplastics, says drainage group

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The UK’s next prime minister should ban manufacturers from intentionally adding microplastics to consumer or professional use products, according to a new environmental campaign from the drainage experts at Lanes Group plc.

Next-gen heat pump could cut energy bills and carbon emissions

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Researchers from the University of Glasgow say they have developed a new type of heat pump, a flexible heat pump technology, which could help households save on their energy bills and contribute towards net-zero emissions goals. Heat pumps are a low-carbon alternative to gas boilers.

Comment: Africa can save billions by adopting renewable energy

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By Kenneth Engblom Vice President, Wartsila Energy, Europe and Africa. When it comes to building the future of energy in Africa, the decisions facing the continent’s leaders today are nothing less than of historical importance.

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Solar panels may become mandatory on all new buildings in Europe

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Traditional houses in the Austrian Tirol. The European Commission announced on 18 May that it plans to make the installation of solar panels mandatory for all new public, commercial and residential buildings in the EU.

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Turning fish waste into carbon-based nanomaterials

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The new synthesis procedure can seemingly convert fish scales obtained from fish waste into a useful carbon-based nanomaterial. The approach uses microwaves to break the scales down thermally via pyrolysis (image credit: Takashi Shirai from NITech, Japan).

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Plastic recycling does work says recycling industry group

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The Recycling Association’s chief executive Simon Ellin has warned that the people behind the Big Plastic Count (an event co-organised by Greenpeace) were “irresponsible” for recent comments saying plastic recycling doesn’t work and for sowing seeds of doubt in the public mind.

Global Waste Index 2022 highlights leaders and laggards

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There are still major differences in the amount of waste generated across the world, and how it is disposed, a finding confirmed by a 2022 Global Waste Index compiled by waste management technology firm Sensoneo to mark Global Recycling Day (18 March).

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New heights for CCS

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Danish researchers say they have demonstrated that it is possible to remove most of the carbon dioxide (CO2) from the emissions of a waste incinerator. By demonstrating the viability of the process, a key technology in the fight against climate change is surely awaiting deployment, they suggest.

Nominations open for Scottish renewable energy awards

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The Scottish Green Energy Awards – the UK’s largest celebration of renewables – opened for nominations on 27 July. This year’s event will return to Edinburgh on 1 December to celebrate those who are doing ground-breaking work to decarbonise the energy system.

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Fivefold rise in smart meter data, and what to do with it

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A 500% increase in data traffic from smart meters is predicted over the next four years, according to the Data Communications Company (DCC), the organisation which built and maintains the UK’s smart metering network.

SEPA figures show recovering recycling rate in Scotland

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Statistics published on 27 September by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) reveal some of the impact of COVID-19 polcies on recycling.